Lore:Uriel III

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Emperor Uriel Septim III
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Statue of Emperor Uriel III
Race Man Gender Male
Born 3E 97
Died 3E 127
Reign 3E 121-
3E 127
Previous Ruler Kintyra Septim II
Next Ruler Cephorus Septim I
Resided in Solitude
Imperial City

Uriel Septim III (born Uriel Mantiarco)[1] was the ninth emperor of the Septim Dynasty. He was preceded as emperor by his first cousin, Kintyra II, and was succeeded by his uncle, Cephorus I.[2][1]


Early Life and King of Solitude[edit]

Uriel Mantiarco was born in 3E 97 to Mantiarco, King of Solitude, and Potema, the Wolf Queen, after many prior miscarriages.[3][4] Uriel was named after his great-grandfather, Emperor Uriel II.[3][4] He had an older paternal half-brother named Bathorgh.[4] On 15 Evening Star, 3E 98, Uriel's grandfather, Emperor Pelagius II, died, so the one-year-old Uriel accompanied his parents to attend Pelagius II's funeral in the Imperial City.[2][5][6]

In the spring of 3E 100, King Mantiarco died, so Uriel acceded to the throne of Solitude, with Potema ruling as his regent.[3][7] By 3E 109, the Blue Palace regularly received visits from the kings and queens of High Rock, Skyrim, and Morrowind, who were dissatisfied with the reign of Uriel's uncle, Emperor Antiochus.[3][7] King Uriel undoubtedly would have preferred to rule alone, but Potema convinced him that his position was only temporary.[3] Potema told him that he would have the Empire, not merely the Kingdom of Solitude.[3] By 3E 119, Uriel's co-reign with his mother was marked by good governance, and the Kingdom of Solitude maintained good relations with other Tamrielic kingdoms.[7][8]

In 3E 119, while King Uriel and Potema were visiting Antiochus, the Emperor lapsed into a coma, and died the next year in 3E 120.[3][8][9] While Antiochus was comatose, the Elder Council prepared for the accession of Uriel's first cousin, Kintyra, to the Ruby Throne.[2][8] Before Antiochus' funeral, Potema gave a speech before the Elder Council in which she asserted that Kintyra was not the daughter of Emperor Antiochus.[3][8] Instead, Potema asserted that Kintyra was popularly believed to be the daughter of Empress Gysilla and the Captain of the Guard, or the daughter of Gysilla and the cistern cleaner.[3][8] Potema proposed that Uriel take the throne instead of Kintyra due to the alleged uncertainty of Kintyra's parentage.[3][8] Uriel made a similar accusation, referring to the infamous decadence of the Imperial City during the reign of Kintyra's father.[2] After hearing of this accusation, Kintyra banished Uriel and Potema from the Imperial City, and they returned to Solitude.[3][8] The accusation failed to stop Kintyra's coronation, and on 3 First Seed, 3E 120, she was crowned Empress of Tamriel.[2][9][10]

War of the Red Diamond and Emperor of Tamriel[edit]

Upon their return to Solitude, Uriel and Potema began assembling a rebellion against Empress Kintyra II, which was to be known as the War of the Red Diamond.[2][3][10] The disgruntled members of royalty and the nobility, who had allied with the Kingdom of Solitude over the years, joined forces with Uriel and Potema against the new Empress.[10] He also bought the support of several other disgruntled kings of High Rock, Skyrim, and Morrowind.[2]

The first attacks against the Empire in Skyrim and northern High Rock were entirely successful.[2][10] In the autumn of 3E 120, Mentin, Duke of Glenpoint, sent an urgent request for reinforcements from the Imperial Army, and Kintyra II, to inspire resistance to the rebellion, led the army herself.[10] In 3E 121, Uriel and Potema's forces captured Kintyra II, massacred her entourage, and destroyed the imperial reinforcements by bribing Duke Mentin to betray the Empress.[2][10][9][5] Uriel later ordered Kintyra II's execution on the 23rd of Frostfall, 3E 123.[2][11][12][nb 1] The second attack was against the imperial forts along Morrowind's coastal islands.[2] In the third and final attack, Uriel invaded the Imperial Province, which was ill-defended due to the Elder Council dividing the Imperial Army to attack western High Rock and eastern Morrowind.[2][13] He and the rebel army laid siege to the under-defended Imperial City, which surrendered after only a fortnight of besiegement.[2][13] On the same evening as the city's surrender, Uriel assumed the Ruby Throne as Uriel Septim III.[2][13][11] A statue of Uriel III was built in the Market District of the Imperial City to commemorate his victory in the War of the Red Diamond.[14]:347

Kintyra II's demise rallied many against Uriel III and Queen Potema.[13] After Uriel III was proclaimed Emperor of Tamriel, his uncles Cephorus and Magnus formed an alliance to oppose him.[1][13] Uriel III had the combined support of Skyrim, Cyrodiil, northern Morrowind, and High Rock, except for the Isle of Balfiera, while the kings of Hammerfell, the Summerset Isles, Valenwood, Elsweyr, southern Morrowind, and Black Marsh mostly supported Cephorus and Magnus.[1][13][9] Cephorus concentrated his army on the war in High Rock, which was the location of some of the bloodiest battles of the war, while Magnus' troops fought in Morrowind and Skyrim.[9][13] In the summer of 3E 125, Cephorus conquered western High Rock, and by 3E 127, all of High Rock had defected to the side of Cephorus and Magnus.[1][13] In 3E 127, Uriel III and the Imperial Army fought Cephorus' army at the Battle of Ichidag in Hammerfell, but the Imperial Army was defeated, and the Emperor was captured.[1][15][3] Uriel III was placed in a carriage for transport to the Imperial City to stand trial, but while en route to the Imperial City, a mob overtook his carriage and burned him alive within it.[13][1][3] In the aftermath of Uriel III's death, Cephorus was proclaimed Emperor of Tamriel.[1][15][3][11]


Uriel III's death marked the official end of the War of the Red Diamond, but for the first decade of Cephorus I's reign, he remained at war with Potema until her death at the Siege of Solitude in 3E 137.[1][15][9][11] Some consider Kintyra II's death to be the end of the pure strain of Septim blood in the imperial family.[1] Conversely, in Skyrim during the late Third Era, there was a strong underground movement called the Hörme, which believed that Uriel III and Potema were the last of Tiber Septim's true blood and, under that principle, conducted raids against Imperial interests in the province.[16]


  • 1  There is uncertainty over the date of Kintyra's death. According to the Biography of the Wolf Queen, Kinytra was executed in 3E 114, but The Third Era Timeline refers to this date as the "reported death of Empress Kintyra II". The Wolf Queen lists 3E 121 and 3E 125 as possible years for Kinytra's execution, while The Third Era Timeline and Broken Diamonds state that her death occurred on the 23rd of Frostfall, 3E 123. According to Brief History of the Empire, Kintyra was imprisoned for two years after her capture and then killed, placing her death in 3E 123. As more sources confirm 3E 123 as the year of Kintyra's death, this can be assumed to be correct.
  • It was said Emperor Uriel III developed a taste for grand elixirs of resist frost during his frequent visits to Skyrim.[17]